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Brad Koziey
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I'm confused by a sentence in Italics in 6.7.4 On-Map Mortars, the sentence is:

"Remember that G! rated mortar teams must be given an order to fire. H-rated teams open fire automatically."

What I find confusing is the statement that G!-rated teams must be given an order to fire. Would a G!-rated squad not follow the basic combat principle and fire at any enemy in range and LOS immediately?

Just learning the game so trying to sort out a few things!
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CrackerJack747 wrote:
I'm confused by a sentence in Italics in 6.7.4 On-Map Mortars, the sentence is:

"Remember that G! rated mortar teams must be given an order to fire. H-rated teams open fire automatically."

What I find confusing is the statement that G!-rated teams must be given an order to fire. Would a G!-rated squad not follow the basic combat principle and fire at any enemy in range and LOS immediately?

Just learning the game so trying to sort out a few things!


The G! rating is the indication that the unit can make a grenade attack at their range distance, all grenade attacks require an order. Since they lack a VOF rating they don't open fire automatically. The H-rated mortar squad has the H VOF, which is applied as per the combat rules, opening fire when in LOS of an enemy unit (sub-rules applied of course).

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A G!-rated mortar must be given an "Attempt to Make a Grenade Attack" order before it fires.

Maybe it makes real-world sense that a single mortar (G!-rated) would behave the same as a full mortar battery (H-rated). However, the rule as it is stated keeps all G! rated attacks consistent, so it makes rules sense.

In practice, an H-rated mortar is unlikely to find itself in LOS of an enemy unit anyway, so it will usually be employed only when an HQ calls for indirect fire. A G!-rated single mortar would be more likely to be employed on the front line in support of individual platoons, so the order requirement can be understood as a tactical front-line option.
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Scott and Paul nailed it perfectly.
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Scott and Paul nailed it perfectly.


Yep.

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Perfect! Thanks Gents!
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PaulWRoberts wrote:
A G!-rated mortar must be given an "Attempt to Make a Grenade Attack" order before it fires.

Maybe it makes real-world sense that a single mortar (G!-rated) would behave the same as a full mortar battery (H-rated). However, the rule as it is stated keeps all G! rated attacks consistent, so it makes rules sense.

In practice, an H-rated mortar is unlikely to find itself in LOS of an enemy unit anyway, so it will usually be employed only when an HQ calls for indirect fire. A G!-rated single mortar would be more likely to be employed on the front line in support of individual platoons, so the order requirement can be understood as a tactical front-line option.


H! Rated are normally batteries assigned at company level , on map but act like off Map artillery. G! Rated are assigned at a lower level and can range from 2" knee mortars (squad) support to 60mm M2 or maybe a single larger tube or two at platoon level. Generally the G! Rated weapons are direct fire support with limited ammo (distributed amongst an infantry squad or team) and therefore strictly fire controlled, saved for those pivotal moments.

 
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